I really enjoy bleaching my teeth and love the sparkling white smile that it gives me. My gums have recently started receding though. I was wondering if it has something to do with how much I whiten my teeth. Can you whiten too much?
Cindy R. – Austin, TX
Yes, it is very possible to over bleach your teeth. The carbamide peroxide that is in teeth whitening solutions can irritate your gums. They can also cause them to recede. In more severe instances, it can make your teeth brittle and chalky and may make your teeth look gray.
You need to give your teeth a break from teeth whitening. In the meantime, use a remineralizing toothpaste (such as ProEnamel) to help strengthen your teeth.
As soon as you can, go in and have your dentist look things over. You want to make sure everything is healthy.
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